CPAs and Advisors with Your Growth in Mind

GASB Issues New Guidance for Pension Accounting Standards

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued guidance to improve consistency regarding the application of its recent pension standards. GASB Statement No. 82, Pension Issues, addresses implementation issues concerning: GASB No. 67, Financial Reporting for Pension Plans; GASB No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions; and GASB No. 73, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions and Related Assets That Are Not Within the Scope of GASB Statement 68. Specifically, the amendments focus on the presentation of payroll upon which pension plan contributions are based in the supplementary information of financial statements. The new guidance also clarifies that a. Read More.

Topics: , , , , ,

GASB Proposes Guidance for Fiduciary Activities, Certain Asset Retirement Obligations & Pension Issues

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) recently issued the following three Exposure Drafts: Fiduciary Activities. This Exposure Draft would provide state and local governments guidance on what is considered fiduciary activities, the identification of liabilities to beneficiaries, and how to report fiduciary activities. The proposal would also improve consistency and comparability of fiduciary activity reporting, as well as the usefulness of fiduciary activity information in regard to assessing the responsibility of governments in their fiduciary roles. Comments on Fiduciary Activities are due Thursday, March 31st. Certain Asset Retirement Obligations. This Exposure Draft would provide guidance on how to determine the. Read More.

Topics: , , , , , , , ,

New Auditing Interpretations Have Been Issued Related to GASB 67 and 68

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) recently issued interpretation of certain standards related to implementation of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statements 67 and 68. Summaries of these interpretations follow. If you are interested in additional information regarding your specific circumstance, you can find the interpretations on the AICPA’s website. Interpretations to Audit Evidence Standard Interpretation No. 2, “Auditor of Participating Employer in a Governmental Cost-Sharing Multiple-Employer Pension Plan,” of AU-C section 500, Audit Evidence, answers two questions. The first clarifies that the audited financial statements of a cost-sharing plan prepared, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Read More.

Topics: , , , ,

Multiemployer Pension Plans Continue to Experience Shortfall

In an annual report by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”), the agency addressed the current state of multiemployer pension plans. According to the FY 2013 Projections Report, despite the stock market’s recent gains and an improving economy, multiemployer plans are rapidly deteriorating and labor union-sponsored plans have become underfunded. Facing a severe shortfall, the PBGC projects over a million of the 10.4 million workers in multiemployer plans could lose their benefits. Responsible for covering benefits in failed pension plans, the PBGC guarantees the single-employer and multiemployer insurance programs. While the finances for 23,000 single-employer plans are expected to improve. Read More.

Topics: , , ,

AICPA’s SLGEP & Audit and Attest Standards Team Release New Auditing Interpretations

After hosting multiple discussions concerning the issues facing accounting and auditing implementation for government pension plans and participants, and their auditors due to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (“GASB”) recent pension accounting standards, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) State and Local Governments Expert Panel (“SLGEP”) and AICPA Audit and Attest Standards Team have come together to issue three auditing interpretations for guidance. The three audit interpretations are as follows: Interpretation No. 2, “Auditor of Participating Employer in a Governmental Cost-Sharing Multiple-Employer Pension Plan,” of AU-C section 500, Audit Evidence: This interpretation clarifies the audited financial statements of. Read More.

Topics: , , , , ,